Teacher training * Kindergarten Transition * Early Care and Education
Looking for childcare or preschool programs? Family Connections Montana is the centralized referral site used by families throughout the state to help parents find quality childcare and early childhood education that best fits the many demands and needs of Montana families. Please visit https://familyconnectionsmt.org/ to connect with a licensed and registered early childhood program.
The ECCC does not promote or endorse any childcare, preschool, or early childhood education program listed below.
Also, see links to Kindergarten opportunities, after school programs and early childhood screening services.
ASMSU Day Care Center
The ASMSU Day Care Preschool is open to children of MSU students, faculty, and staff, providing child care and educational activities for preschoolers ages 2½ until entrance to Kindergarten. School is open Monday through Friday 7:45am to 5:15pm while MSU classes are in session during spring and fall. We are also open in summer. Half days and whole days are available. Please Contact Mary B. at (406) 994-4370.
Child Care Connections
The staff at Child Care Connections is trained and dedicated to provide services that foster positive outcomes for children and families. Child Care Connections supports families through offering financial assistance for child care, consumer education to help parents find quality child care, nutrition education, and child safety programs.
HRDC Head Start
Montana Early Childhood Project
The Montana Early Childhood Project (ECP) is a statewide initiative dedicated to improving the quality of early care and education services for young children and their families. Through coordination of an integrated professional development system, the ECP partners to support a knowledgeable and competent early childhood workforce in Montana.
MSU Child Development Center
The MSU Child Development Center is the laboratory preschool of the Early Childhood Education & Child Services academic program at Montana State University. The preschool is accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), operating year-round to serve a variety of families, both on and off campus; with the primary goal of providing high quality early childhood education for children ages 3-5.
At the Y we are committed to strengthening communities. Every day, we work side by side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income, or background, has the opportunity to participate in Y programs focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. The YMCA have early learning programs, school age programming, and sports and recreation programs.
Belgrade Community Library offers story times for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers. Through a combination of stories, music, and play, each session helps prepare children for success in school by building essential early literacy skills. For a complete description and schedule, please visit the library’s website.
Belgrade Public Schools
Belgrade Public Schools offers PK-12 public education in the greater Belgrade area. We believe a student achieving successful graduation begins at birth. Our work with the Early Childhood Council partners helps us begin communication early with parents and supports a positive transition to Kindergarten. Our goal is to “Graduate students who have skills, knowledge, information and attitudes to become accomplished citizens in the 21st. Century.” Go Panthers!
Livingston Public Schools
Livingston Public School District K-12
Greater Gallatin United Way kidsLINK Afterschool Program
Greater Gallatin United Way offers kidsLINK Afterschool programing for working parents. kidsLINK Afterschool is accessible to all regardless of income. kidsLINK Afterschool provides a healthy snack, physical activity, homework support, and enrichment activities. Schools participate across Gallatin and Park Counties. For details, contact Megan at Greater Gallatin United Way at 406-587-2194 or Megan@GreaterGallatinUnitedWay.
Bozeman Public Schools
Child Development Center
The Child Development Center offers early childhood screenings for families concerned about a child’s development. Parents should contact CDC at 800-914-4779, and the screening will be personalized based on specific concerns and questions. Testing may identify strengths and weaknesses or delays in development. Tests can determine eligibility for services, and may diagnose a developmental disability. Most screenings are free.